State of Michigan Local Fiscal Health Paper

Published Nov 16, 2018

Nov. 15, 2018      

Treasury: New Report Highlights Local Government Financial Recovery Since Great Recession

Many Local Units of Government Seeing Revenue Growth, Strengthening Finances

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Treasury today released a new financial report that highlights how local units of government across the state have recovered since the Great Recession.

In the report, the state Treasury Department outlines that through growing revenues and strong financial management by local units of government, general fund balances have increased overall and the number of general fund deficits have decreased.

On the other hand, the improvement is not uniform. The report also highlights the fact there are some entities that have not seen the same level of recovery and continue to face challenges with lower general fund balances and lower property tax values.

“The goal is to provide an honest and factual basis that everyone can use as we discuss local government finance,” State Treasurer Nick Khouri said. “Now is the time to address the long-term challenges that continue to stress local units of government. With a balanced approach, we can mitigate risks and ensure that most of our cities, villages, townships and counties will be resilient to future economic challenges.”

While many local units of government are seeing revenue growth and strengthening finances, the report recommends that entities enact tools for addressing legacy costs, intergovernmental cooperation, efficiency improvements and establishing a stable revenue base.

The report concludes that local units of government will be robust and resilient to a possible future recession, natural disaster or other problem by addressing these future risks.